MICHAEL JONES insists making sure Cefn Druids aren't dragged back into a relegation battle remains the priority despite being on the verge of the top six.

Huw Griffiths' side go into tomorrow's game against Cardiff Met at The Rock on the back of three successive wins, taking the Ancients up to seventh place, just three points behind their opponents.

Druids are nine points above the drop zone and former Wrexham goalkeeper Jones wants to continue making the gap wider.

"We still want to get to a point where we are not worrying about relegation," said Jones.

"Put more distance between us and the bottom, and push higher up the league.

"I am not saying we have to get into the top six but let's focus on the next team above us and try and go above them."

Druids are within touching distance of sixth placed Cardiff and when asked whether the Ancients can register a fourth win in a row, Jones said: "There's no reason why we can't.

"We normally play Cardiff at an important time in the season and if we win, we could go above them.

"It proves that if you hit a bit of form in this league, it can catapult you up the league.

"We were just above the relegation zone a couple of weeks ago and now if we win, we could go into the top six.

"It is a nice position to be in."

Jones says the key to Druids continuing their good run of form is producing 90 minute performances.

Griffiths' men have had to come from behind to win their last three games and Jones says the players can make life easier for themselves.

"We have hit a little bit of form but it has been hard for us to put 90 minutes together," said Jones.

"Everyone has a bad patch in a game, we normally concede and have to come from a goal down whereas other teams grind it out.

"We need to start to put it together for 90 minutes."

Jones feels the 3-1 win against high-flying Caernarfon, which started the hat-trick of wins, was the turning point in the campaign and gave the players belief they can compete with the best teams.

"We had a good start to the season but it papered over a few cracks, and then we went seven or eight games without a win," added Jones.

"I think the turning point was the Caernarfon game. I don't think many people thought we would get a result but we won and that gave us a boost.

"It proved we are capable of beating teams like Caernarfon, who are up there and are a good side, when we turn up."

League action kicks off on Friday with Caernarfon Town aiming to move into the top three with a win at Newtown.

Fifth-placed Bala Town head to improving Aberystwyth Town tonight with Lakesiders striker Louis Robles in confident mood ahead of the clash

Robles bagged a hat-trick for Colin Caton’s men in a 4-0 defeat of Newtown last week, and hailed the quality within the Bala squad.

Speaking after the win at Maes Tegid, he told the club’s website: “We’ve got a lot of character in this squad and a lot of self-belief.

"We all stick together no matter what the circumstances. It’s going to be tough at Aber. It’s a long trip, but we approach it in the same way and we go for three points.”